The rise of the smartphone has brought with it some amazing apps that allow us to do a number of things throughout the day, from depositing checks to shopping, creating brag-worthy dinners, and even finding a date. We also have access to numerous fitness apps. And for the most part, this is very convenient, especially when we’re away from the gym. But I urge you to be careful of fitness apps for a few reasons.
Why You Should Be Careful of Fitness Apps
- They’re generalized: Fitness apps get us moving and create ideas. This is fantastic. But most programs are generalized, meaning they don’t take into special consideration your current fitness level, mobility, past injuries, etc.
- They may lack education: Most fitness apps fail to educate you on to how to perform an exercise properly or progress a program. Many people who rely on them will hit a plateau or be unable to translate what the app shows them to do as they get to the gym by themselves.
- They may be missing components: The quality of fitness apps is largely subpar; the workouts often aren’t comprehensive. There’s minimal focus on flexibility, injury prevention and cooldown.
It’s important to not rely entirely on fitness apps. And be especially careful when you choose them over a personal trainer. If you rely solely on these smartphone-delivered workouts, be aware that you’re usually receiving a generalized program without any special focus on your own needs. This could lead to future injuries, muscular imbalances and fitness plateaus.